Neo Soul — Recently Added

XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!


Divas Got Soul
T Gee (UK), 2017. New Copy
Tom Glide's definitely not a one-woman man – as he works with a different female singer on every track on the record – hence the title of the set! Yet because Glide's handling the production and grooves, the whole thing's got a really unified vibe – and almost takes us back to ... CD
James Day Songs, 2017. New Copy
James Day has always been one heck of a collaborative fellow – but this time around, he seems to be even more so than ever – as the album's overflowing with an insane amount of guests artists – a huge lineup that includes Gordon Chambers, Tony Terry, Audrey Wheeler, Glenn Jones, ... CD
Naked Breath 2
Sonic Image, 2017. New Copy
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space ... CD
Naked Breath
Artist Share, 2004. New Copy
Monday Michiru in a beautifully stripped-down setting – working here with just the guitar of Adam Rogers alongside her wonderful vocals – on a record that shows just how much she's grown over the years! The format is spare, but that also seems to unlock even more jazz expression in ... CD
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A fantastic entry in this ultra-cool series – one that digs through the farther reaches of the global soul underground – to come up with the kinds of tracks that would take you a month of online surfing to find! You'll recognize some of the artists here from full length titles that ... CD
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2016. New Copy
A killer collection of contemporary soul – put together by a Japanese label that's building a great reputation for digging out the coolest corners of the global underground! The set definitely earns the "world" in its title, as the singers here aren't just from the US scene – ... CD
Love Experiment
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2016. New Copy
Sweet slinky beats and keyboards – topped with vocals by a wonderful lead singer who's almost got a classic jazz sort of crackle to her approach! Kim Mayo's in the lead here, and she inflects her lyrics in modes that almost feel like a 21st Century update to Billie Holiday – but not in ... CD
Columbia, 2017. New Copy
Great solo work from Syd – Sydney Bennett of The Internet – working here in a setting that's lean, crispy, and crackling – a fantastic start to her solo career! The set's definitely a commercial one, but it really seems to draw from the best of the past decade or so of the cosmic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Voodoo
Virgin/Modern Classics, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet and gritty soul from D'Angelo – who takes a huge step into deeper territory on Voodoo – and it's one of the most monumental records of its time! On one level, Voodoo works as a nicely stripped-down session with a very classic soul feel. Gone are the overzealous flourishes that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2015. New Copy 2LP
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ego Death
Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... CD
Automaton
Universal (UK), 2017. New Copy
A new label for Jamiroquai, and a new sound as well – a bit more of an 80s groove than some of the previous records – but still handled with a wonderfully soulful style overall! There's a bit more keyboards and bassy beats in the mix – but the core songwriting is still every bit ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy
Omar's been blowing our minds for years now – turning out some of the freshest soul music on the global scene – from his tremendous debut at the start of the 90s, to a range of crucially-overlooked albums that should have made the singer huge! The man's a hell of a singer, and a really ... CD
Goodies EP
Austin Boogie Crew, 2017. New Copy
There's lots of 80s-styled groove acts around these days – but Diamond Ortiz may well be one of the best – serving up a record here that's very worth the title of "Goodies" it bears on the label! The set's only got four tracks, but has a wicked groove that takes us back to ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Jose James has a very different look on the cover this time around – and he's got a very different sound, as well – something that might be underscored by the parental advisory logo in the bottom corner of the image! The music is far from the straight jazz or rootsy soul of previous ... LP, Vinyl record album
Surrender
Chamber Music, 2017. New Copy
Sometimes we forget how great a singer is – then hear his new music, and fall in love with him all over again! That's definitely the case with Gordon Chambers – who's waited over five years between giving us a fresh album – but who also seems to have grown tremendously in that ... CD
Adventure, 2016. New Copy 2CD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... CD
EMI, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Culcha Vulcha
Universal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Snarky Puppy find a whole new global current here – coming together in a style that mixes their usual soulful funk with a range of interesting percussion elements – in styles that sometimes remind us of our favorite creative sounds from the Brazilian or Afro Funk instrumental scene, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Did It For Love
BMG, 2017. New Copy
Leela James is one of those singers who reminds us that no matter what the fame of the artist, no matter what the setting for the music – the voice is still what matters when it comes to making a soul record! And, more than ever, James is wonderfully in control of her distinctive voice ... CD
 
Updated May 24, 2017


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